Trump claimed he divorced Marla Maples because her family was ‘dumb southerners’: Ex-NY Post editor
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President Donald Trump this week angrily denied reports that he called Attorney General Jeff Sessions a "dumb southerner" -- but one former editor at the New York Post now says she's heard Trump use the phrase before.

Former Page Six editor Jeane MacIntosh tells the New York Times that Trump once told her that he planned on divorcing his second wife, Marla Maples, because he couldn't stand her southern family.

"Are you old enough to remember the show 'The Beverly Hillbillies?'" Trump said, according to MacIntosh. "That’s exactly her family, except they came to New York City instead of Beverly Hills."

MacIntosh says that Trump went on to explain that Maples was always being followed around by "an entourage of dumb Southerners," whom he proceeded to mock by putting on a fake southern accent.

In his new book -- titled "Fear: Trump in the White House" -- reporter Bob Woodward claims that Trump not only referred to Sessions as a "dumb southerner," but that he also referred to his own attorney general as "mentally retarded" while also bitterly complaining that he didn't go to an Ivy League law school.